Daniel 7–Daniel’s Vision of Four Great Beasts

Daniel 10:11-14 expands upon Daniel 7 in which Daniel sees our future in a vision.  An angel comes to explain this vision to Daniel.

11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

Why is Daniel a man greatly beloved?

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” states Daniel 12:3.

So you see Daniel is greatly beloved because he loves righteousness and helps others to love righteousness like Yahweh loves righteousness!

The angel continues talking to Daniel regarding his comprehension of the vision given to him about our end times.

12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

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Daniel 7 (KJV)

7 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

Lion of Babylon in 1909

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This first published in the Ottoman Empire depicts the Lion of Babylon statue found in Babylon, Iraq.  It is believed that the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II (605-562 BC) had the statue built or either collected the statue among the spoils captured. The lion is constructed from black basalt black stone and depicts a Mesopotamian lion standing above a laying human.  The lion is an important theme in this region.

Babylon fell to King Cyrus in 539 B.C., and Cyrus ended the Jewish exile prophesied by the Prophet Jeremiah.  The Persian empire brought down the Babylonian empire prophesied by Isaiah 175 years prior to the fall of Babylon by King Cyrus prior to his birth.  Yahweh calls Cyrus His shepherd who performs all His pleasure in Isaiah 44:28. The exile of the Jews in Babylon due to their sins against Yahweh lasted 70 long years, and they were allowed to return home to Jerusalem following their 70 years of captivity prophesied by the prophets in the Bible.

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The Prophet Isaiah said Yahweh who knows all things,

24 Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; (Isaiah 44:24 KJV)

28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.  (Isaiah 44:28 KJV)

After the fall of Babylon another a second empire of lesser power arises.

5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. (Daniel 7:5 KJV)

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King Cyrus the Great raised up by Yahweh to devour the Babylonian empire represents this symbolic bear seen by Daniel.  Yahweh gives this next kingdom permission to conquer nations.  The Persian empire under King Cyrus stretched from the Balkans and Eastern Europe in the west to the Indus Valley in the east– with the Indus River in the east spanning Pakistan (93%), India (5%) and China (2%).   The empire spanned 5,500,000 square kilometers and was the largest empire ever in that time. King Cyrus of Persia eventually died.

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Alexander the Great symbolizes the leopard in the next major empire to arise. Alexander conquered most of the ancient Greek regions–he conquered quickly like a leopard. He headed eastward through the Balkan, Persian and Indian regions.  He defeated the Persians taking control of their extensive Persian territories.

Alexander at the age of thirteen received training from non-other than Aristotle for three years.  Alexander’s father, Philip II of Macedon hired Aristotle to educate his son: the prince.  Alexander sought informal knowledge from other philosophers he encountered.

 

Philip II King of Macedon (a Hellenistic-era/Greek sculpted bust) Alexander’s father

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After conquering the Persians, Alexander acted and put on clothes like them surmising that the best way to maintain control of them was to act like one of them: he dressed in striped tunic, girdle and diadem of Persian regal apparel.  

Mosaic of Alexander the Great

 

Within the Indian region, however, he eventually died from an unknown sickness after drinking wine at a party amidst his disgruntled soldiers who desired to return home.

Alexander stood five feet tall, which was average height for Greek male soldiers at that time.

Plutarch in Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans  written four hundred years after Alexander’s death wrote that his body initially treated in Babylon by Egyptian embalmers was eventually sent to Egypt by Ptolemy: aimed to appear the successor of Alexander’s empire.

 

The fourth and last kingdom in the vision represents “the beast” non-other than the Romano-British empire: the western world.

Could this be true? It’s the fourth and last kingdom remaining.  There won’t be a fifth.  Yeshua will come to destroy this last ruling kingdom and rule for eternity.

In Britain under the Roman empire following the Roman conquest in AD 43, the invasion force was led by Aulus Plautius.   This last kingdom according to the Bible will come to steal, kill and destroy–controlled and operated by non-other than the beast.  Wherever this empire exerts it’s power, you can expect to see beastly destruction, mayhem and death.

Thus he said, the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. (Daniel 7:23 KJV)

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Don on thepropheticyears.com website states,

The history of Europe is nothing but wars in one century after the other ever since the ancient Roman Empire. … World War I was suppose to be the war to end all wars.

Did the Roman British empire end in 476 A.D.?  Based on Daniel, this kingdom did not end.  This fourth empire (the beast) continues.  This fourth and last kingdom will end when Yeshua returns.

What will occur before the return of Yeshua (Jesus)?

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14 KJV)

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Daniel 2:44 KJV)

Beloved stay alert and watch for the time is at hand, Yeshua is returning soon!

 

 

 

The following link you may like to peruse at your convenience:

Watching for the King

“Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind; for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”
― Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

 

“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.

[Letter objecting to the use of government land for churches, 1803]”
― James Madison

 

“Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act which deprived a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“There’s a power struggle going on across Europe these days. A few cities are competing against each other to see who shall emerge as the great 21st century European metropolis. Will it be London? Paris? Berlin? Zurich? Maybe Brussels, center of the young union? They all strive to outdo one another culturally, architecturally, politically, fiscally. But Rome, it should be said, has not bothered to join the race for status. Rome doesn’t compete. Rome just watches all the fussing and striving, completely unfazed. I am inspired by the regal self-assurance of this city, so grounded and rounded, so amused and monumental, knowing she is held securely in the palm of history. I would like to be like Rome when I am an old lady.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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